Ventricular Septal Defect (cont.)
If a larger ventricular septal defect is causing symptoms, your child's health care provider may prescribe medication.
- Which medication is prescribed depends on the severity of symptoms.
- The goal of therapy is to reduce the symptoms of congestive heart failure, such as poor growth and development, weight loss and/or poor weight gain, excessive sweating, and fast breathing. An older patient typically develops fluid in the lungs, liver, and legs.
- If serious infections and/or dental work is needed, antibiotics are needed to prevent the infection from spreading to the VSD, ie infectious endocarditis, which is potentially fatal.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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